Bingo Detective: The Evolution of Bingo


You’ve probably heard about bingo a time or two; you may have even taken the chance to play a game in the past, whether with your friends and family to pass the time or with complete strangers to test your luck, but, if you haven’t taken a look at bingo recently, you may have missed some serious evolution that has made the classic game of chance more fun than ever before no matter where you are looking to play. Let’s take a closer look at the biggest revolutions that have altered the course of bingo history for all of mankind.

Way back in school, you may remember some teachers taking advantage of bingo as a way to teach basic mathematics or vocabulary. In these cases, candies such as M&M’s or Skittles may have served as markers to keep track of your path toward a straight-line or black-out victory on the cards. As the game matured, small stones or beans took the place of sweets, but, in today’s game, marking has become easier than ever before. Daubers, or round paint markers, allow for quick indication of successful call-outs without the risk of falling off of your card if pesky competitors plot sabotage as you approach your hard-earned victory. No longer will the risk of a flipped bingo card keep you tense throughout the game!

Now, when you think of bingo, you may think of a classic in retirement homes around the world (or Old MacDonald’s faithful companion, but that’s another story), but, today, bingo is a favorite pastime and gambling option for people of all ages. Whether it comes in the form of Roadside Bingo, where loved ones search for pictures while in the car to pass the time on a family vacation, or the standard, number-driven alternative, bingo can be enjoyed in nearly any venue with your choice of competitors.

If you’re in the mood for a quick game but don’t have the competition needed to keep the contest exciting, consider taking your bingo battle to the internet. Bingo has become a favorite amongst online gamblers for its relaxed pace and level playing field. For a lower average cost per hour than blackjack or craps, bingo provides risk-takers with the opportunity to win big prizes for a relatively low entry fee. Be sure to note the rules, however, as each game could have a different cover requirement for the win. From a diagonal line to the picture frame all the way to the dreaded cover-all requirement, knowing the rules is essential to capitalizing on the opportunity to stand up and scream ,”Bingo!” at your monitor in pure excitement.

So, there you have it. No longer is bingo a simple educational tool or elderly distraction. These days, the classic game comes in a variety of shapes and sizes to perfectly fit your needs for fun. If you’re feeling lucky, take your chances on a game with cash prizes to really get your adrenaline pumping. Whether you’re playing with close friends or complete strangers, take advantage of the classic contest of social interaction today!